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This Makerspace Brings STEM Students Together to Hack Wheelchairs

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Pic_3_fabric_keyboard505access is a non profit organization that connects Makers with local organizations in New Mexico to make accessible technologies.

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The post This Makerspace Brings STEM Students Together to Hack Wheelchairs appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

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“Weird Al” to Voice Title Character in New Cartoon ‘Milo Murphy’s Law!’

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"Weird Al" Yankovic and Milo Murphy (I hope you can figure out which is which)

“Weird Al” Yankovic and Milo Murphy (I hope you can figure out which is which)

This autumn can’t come soon enough. Disney has just announced that “Weird Al” Yankovic will be performing the voice (and singing, of course) in the upcoming animated comedy series Milo Murphy’s Law. The show (previously titled with “Mikey” instead of “Milo”) is the creation of Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, best known as the creators, producers, and voice actors for the geekily awesome Phineas and Ferb, which ended its four-season run last year.

The official press release for the announcement says:

The series follows Milo Murphy, who is the personification of Murphy’s Law where anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Suffering from Extreme Hereditary Murphy’s Law condition (EHML), Milo always looks to make the best of the cards he’s been dealt and his endless optimism and enthusiasm can turn any catastrophe into a wild adventure. Armed with knowledge, a backpack full of supplies and his fearless friends, Melissa and Zack, Milo is always prepared for every possibility. Together, he and his friends will learn that it’s all about a positive attitude and not to sweat the big stuff… and it’s all big stuff. [emphasis in original text]

As for the rest of the voice cast, it includes names like Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams, Sarah Chalke, Diedrich Bader, Jemaine Clement, Mackenzie Phillips, and geek favorite Kate Micucci. Rejoining Povenmire and Marsh (who, of course, will also provide voices for the show – as “pistachio protectors Vinnie Dakota and Balthazar Cavendish” – will be the voice of Phineas, Vincent Martella, and the voice of Perry, Dee Bradley Baker.

Milo Murphy’s Law will air on Disney XD starting this autumn. Yankovic will be singing the series’ opening theme song as well as performing original songs throughout the series. I don’t know about you, but I’m already laughing just at the idea of Weird Al voicing the main character in a cartoon show from the wonderfully twisted, funny, geeky minds of Povenmire and Marsh.

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Buildin’ Makes Me Feel Good: New ‘Ghostbusters’ LEGO Ecto-1 Revealed!

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Image courtesy of LEGO

Hot on yesterday’s latest images for the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, we have the first official LEGO set reveal!

Yup, it looks like good ol’ Ecto-1 is back and in proper hearse form! This set really captures the updated Ecto-1; but still retains a lot of similarities to the original Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set. I haven’t had the pleasure of building the original set yet; but I’m excited to see you can cram all the figures into the vehicle! It even comes with Ecto-2 for all your off-road ghostbustin’ action.

Image courtesy of LEGO

Image courtesy of LEGO

Thankfully, unlike so many movie sets nowadays, you’re getting the full cast with this set (with a ghost to bust, of course). Plus, in addition to the Ghostbusting-gals themselves, you get their nerdy secretary, Kevin (who looks like he’ll be suiting up at some point – it’s good to see Hemsworth finally get an action role and not just show up as eye candy). They are absolutely adorable and somehow manage to perfectly capture the characters – I don’t know what kind of voodoo magic LEGO artists perform to be so accurate; but it’s scary powerful.

Check below for the full details on the set and click through the gallery for some hints at a possible plot development (if you’re avoiding all spoilers, don’t read past the first three bullets or look at the last pic)!

LEGO Ghostbuster Ecto- 1&2

  • Available July 1st, $59.99
  • Based on the new Ghostbuster Movie from Sony premiering July 25th2016
  • Includes the new ECTO-1 car, ECTO-2 bike, 1 red Daemon and 5 minifigures:
  • Abby Yates (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
  • Erin Gilbert (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
  • Jillian Holtzmann (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
  • Patty Tolan (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
  • Kevin minifig. (with a 2-sided head: hero and  “possessed”)
  • Features rolling car with opening side doors and opening top to place 4 minifigs inside, back opens with room for accessories, and 4 proton packs and traps.
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NEW GUIDE: Raspberry Pi Pygame UI basics

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NEW GUIDE: Raspberry Pi Pygame UI basics

Before diving in to this tutorial, first follow the setup instructions for your PiTFT. Make sure to choose the correct guide particularly for resistive vs capacitive displays and carefully follow the section on PiTFT Pygame Tips – in particular you really need SDL 1.2!

See the full guide here!

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NEW TUTORIAL: TIMESQUARE Wordclock

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NEW TUTORIAL: TIMESQUARE Wordclock

The time told in words as an extension to the TIMESQUARE Watch Kit.

With a custom lasercut or 3D printed faceplate and new code, the TIMESQUARE watch can be modified to have a new wordclock mode!

Faceplates and modified code are available at:
https://github.com/andydoro/Wordclock-Wristwatch

Faceplates are also available on Thingiverse and Shapeways

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Fingerprint scanner for laptop and pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Found via Hackaday. Using a fingerprint scanner on a laptop and pi from Serve Rabyking – check out more here and here.

Recently I bought new Lenovo Yoga 300 laptop. The choice was really fast just the day before my travel to US. Basically I bought cheapest Lenovo laptop and just paid attention to screen resolution, battery power and weight.

The very first thing was installing Ubuntu on external HDD.

It works just fine. Actually touchscreen and screen rotation are not working but everything else works.

And I found that I really missing the fingerprint scanner. It so useful under Linux when you need to do so frequently sudo commands. And with fingerprint scanner it is just simple finger swipe instead of password typing.

I looked at my old Lenovo X200 laptop and typed lsusb and found that fingerprint scanner is actually on USB bus. Aha, this is USB device.

I bought spare 42W7764 fingerprint scanner taken from Lenovo laptop. It cost me around £3 from e-bay. It came with interesting flat cable and strange connector. That connector has 16 pins but flat cable has only four tracks. I just guessed that these four tracks basically USB bus. Close look at PCB confirmed that two offside pins are ground and power and two in the middle likely some differential signal.

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2358Each Friday is PiDay here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts, tutorials and new Raspberry Pi related products. Adafruit has the largest and best selection of Raspberry Pi accessories and all the code & tutorials to get you up and running in no time!

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